Amtrak, Minnesota officials meet on proposed Duluth-Twin Cities train

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DULUTH, Minn. — Amtrak officials are scheduled to be in Duluth today and tomorrow for meetings about proposed passenger service between Duluth and the Twin Cities.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that Joe McHugh, Amtrak’s vice president, state-supported business development, will meet with Duluth-area officials today and elected officials at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday to discuss the proposed Northland Lights Express, which would use BNSF Railway tracks for its 152-mile route. Proposed intermediate stops are Coon Rapids-Foley, Cambridge, Hinckley, and Superior, Wis.

Monday’s schedule includes a 4 p.m. “social event” with the Amtrak contingent that is open to the public. It will be held at the Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.

McHugh called the proposal “one of the most shovel-ready projects in the nation” in a letter to the group supporting the project, the Northern Lights Passenger Rail Alliance, earlier this year.

Gov. Tim Walz has $15 million in funding for the train in his current budget, but the total projected start-up cost is $550 million.

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